February Letter: Tackle driving on pavements

February 01 2013

I read your article on page 4 of Bishopstonvoice about dangerous cyclists with interest. While I wholeheartedly agree that a small minority of cyclists are inconsiderate, rude and stupid, that is all they are.

Tackle driving on pavements

I read your article on page 4 of Bishopstonvoice about dangerous cyclists with interest.

While I wholeheartedly agree that a small minority of cyclists are inconsiderate, rude and stupid, that is all they are.

The following figures from the Department of Transport indicate where the real danger to pedestrians comes from. Note that these figures are for the whole of Great Britain for the years 2001-2009:

Pedestrian casualties 2001-09

  • Killed by cycles: 18
  • Seriously injured by cycles: 434
  • Killed by cars: 3,495
  • Seriously injured by cars: 46,245

A significant proportion of the deaths and injuries from cars come from driving on the pavement. If Councillor Willingham wants to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads and pavements of Bristol he should be asking the police and crime commissioner to ensure that local police crackdown on dangerous driving.
A start would be to introduce a zero tolerance on pavement parking.

Additionally, the police do not currently accept that parking on the pavement indicates that the car has been driven on the pavement: driving on the pavement is both illegal and extremely dangerous.

Dominic Betts

The figures quoted above come from www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13040607